- Pet Treats May Be Salmonella-Tainted: FDA
- Democrat Predicts Passage of House Health Reform Bill
- Immunity Claims Coming Off Cereal Boxes: Kellogg
- FDA Warns About Sexual Enhancement Product
- Doctors' Deal With Coke Sparks Outrage
- Obesity Linked to Cancer
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:
Pet Treats May Be Salmonella-Tainted: FDA
Pig ears and beef hooves pet treats made by California-based Pet Carousel may be contaminated with salmonella, warns the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The treats were produced under conditions that can cause cross-contamination between batches or lots. Consumers should not handle these products or feed them to their pets, the FDA said. No illnesses associated with the treats have been reported.
The pig ears and beef hooves were distributed across the United States in both bulk and retail packaging for sale in pet food and retail chain stores. The pig ears were packaged under the brand names Doggie Delight and Pet Carousel. The beef hooves were packaged under the brand names Choo Hooves, Dentley's, Doggie Delight, and Pet Carousel.
People who handle the pet treats can become infected with salmonella, especially if they don't thoroughly wash their hands after handling the treats or touching any surfaces exposed to these products. Consumers should dispose of the treats by putting them in a covered trash container, the FDA said.
Democrat Predicts Passage of House Health Reform Bill
A historic health-care bill that has the support of highly influential groups, such as the AARP and the American Medical Association, is expected to have the 218 votes needed to pass a House vote on Saturday, according to second-ranking House Democrat Steny Hoyer.
He acknowledged that the vote could be close, and success depends on working out a few remaining sticking points, including language on abortion and illegal immigrants, the Associated Press reported.
"I wouldn't refer to it as a squeaker, but I think it's going to be close," Hoyer said. "This is a huge undertaking."
The bill would extend health coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans and forbid insurers from refusing to provide coverage to people, the AP reported.
On Thursday, the bill received a major boost when the AARP, the powerful seniors' group, the American Medical Association and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network all announced their support.
"The bill does improve quality, and it improves access," AARP Senior Policy Adviser John Rother told the AP. "When people hear this message from us, it will have impact."
The time to make health system reform a reality is now, AMA President J. James Rohack said in a news release.
While the House may pass the bill this weekend, the Senate isn't expected to vote on a health reform bill until early next year.
Immunity Claims Coming Off Cereal Boxes: Kellogg
Immunity claims will be removed from boxes of Rice Krispies and Cocoa Krispies, says Kellogg Co., which faced a barrage of criticism for the new label claim as concerns grow about the threat of swine flu.
The company said it will take several months to phase out the cereal boxes that contain a large label that reads "Now helps support your child's immunity," the Associated Press reported.
The company said it will continue to add extra antioxidants to the cereals, a practice it began last year in a move intended to respond to consumer desire for improved nutrition, said Kellogg spokeswoman Susanne Norwitz.
The FDA monitors claims made by food makers and said manufacturers are responsible for the truth of those claims, the AP reported.
FDA Warns About Sexual Enhancement Product
The sexual enhancement dietary supplement Stiff Nights contains an illegal ingredient that can cause dangerously low blood pressure, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday.
Stiff Nights contains sulfoaildenafil, a chemical similar to sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra. The FDA said sulfoaildenafil may interact with prescription drugs known as nitrates, including nitroglycerin, and cause dangerously low blood pressure.